Potato Bar on November 15th
The Care Committee is planning to host a Potato Bar immediately after the church service on November 15th. Large baked potatoes with all the fixings will be available together with ice cream and toppings for desert. Make your own potato and sundae…eat it in Crichton Fellowship Hall, or take it home.
Get Your Portraits in November
The Care Committee is planning on producing new pictorial church directories early in 2016. In preparation for the new directories, we are asking everyone to get their portraits taken during the week of November 8-15. David Burt, our photographer, will be available to take your photographs on Sunday, November 15 (from 9 AM until 2 PM); and, Wednesday, November 18 (from 6 PM until 8 PM). Come in your finest clothes and get your picture taken for free. No appointments are necessary; photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
David will post your professional-looking photographs on his website, and you can purchase one photo or a package from him in time for the Christmas holidays. All profits from your photo purchases will be returned directly to support the missions of our church.
Riverview Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service
The 32nd Annual Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service will be held this year at St. Stephens Catholic Church. St. Stephens is located at 5049 Bell Shoals Road in Valrico, and the service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Again this year, we are asking everyone to bring non-perishable food donations. This year’s donations will be given to our own RESTORE food pantry. We will see everyone at this inspiring community celebration!
…Followed by Advent Season
Advent Season is just around the corner. This years’ Hanging of the Greens Service will actually be held on the First Sunday of Advent—that is, on Sunday, November 29th. This year we hope everyone will be able to enjoy this very special seasonal event. We will need volunteers to gather the decorations we need (Crismon Tree, wreaths, garlands, nativity set, etc.) so that everything is prepared for the special service.
Holy Land Experience Plans Have Firmed Up
RUMC has reserved their trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando for Thursday, January 14, 2016. We are planning to be there from 10 AM until 6 PM—so it’s all-day experience. The cost for an individual admission is $25.00. Individual box lunches (consisting of a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, a bag of potato chips, a chocolate chip cookie and a bottled Pepsi product drink can be purchased for an additional $13.00. Pastor Merritt wants to remind everyone that if 10 or more persons sign up, clergy get to attend for free. The RUMC caravan to Orlando will meet and leave the church by 7:30 AM.
Highlight exhibits in the theme park include a Wilderness Tabernacle, a representation of the Qumran Caves (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered), a model of Jerusalem as it appears after Jesus’ death, the Scriptorium (providing a history of the Bible’s development through time), and reenactments of the Last Supper and Jesus’ crucifixion.
Reservations must be made by December 20th. So, everyone has ample time to sign-up and to pre-pay. Checks or cash should be paid to Connie Mosley, who is coordinating this adventure. You can contact Connie at 766-7104 for more information.
No Christmas Tree Sales This Year
After much discussion and soul-searching, the United Methodist Men, have opted not to sell Christmas trees this year. We continue to get fewer volunteers each year, the Men themselves are averaging well over 70 years of age, and the local competition has meant that the profits from selling trees have been smaller year after year. We appreciate the support of our church family and the community, and we retain the option of re-starting tree sales next year.
In the meantime, we have started a “No Christmas Tree” fund. Each member of the United Methodist Men has pledged to donate $300 in lieu of working in the lot this year. So far, the “No Christmas Tree” fund drive has generated more revenue than we made in profit from tree sales last year. The funds generated from the drive have been set aside as a contingency fund to insure that the church as a whole meets its 2015 obligations and finishes in the black. If you would like to make a contribution to the “No Christmas Tree” fund, contact John Nelson.